Aula grátis de inglês 06 – West Coast town desperate for a GP
G’day, fellow Brazilians! Sabe quando você mora em uma cidade pequena e não tem muito serviço disponível como nos grandes centros? Às vezes, nem médico. Pois isso também acontece aqui na Nova Zelândia e deixou a população de uma pequena cidade sem saber o que fazer. =/
No post de hoje, vamos deixar um texto e fazer alguns exercícios de interpretação e vocabulário. Logo depois do texto e dos exercícios você pode fazer download das respostas. Espero que gostem e que seja útil! =)
O texto foi tirado da página da TVNZ e pode ser encontrado na íntegra por esse link. Agora, vamos aos exercícios.
Task #1 – Before reading the text try to find the different meanings (in English or your own language) to the following words:
- concern (verb)
- rely upon (verb)
- locum (noun)
- cover (n/v)
- shortage (n)
- slew (n)
- illness (n)
- demean (v)
- look after (phrasal verb)
Task #2 – Read the text and answer the following questions:
- What is the main problem at Reefton?
- How long will the small town be without a fill-time doctor?
- Is this problem only happening to Reefton?
- How hard is it to get an appointment with a doctor there?
- Why is the District’s counsellor talking about fishing and biking?
The health sector across the country is under pressure right now but in Reefton, even seeing a doctor in person will be a challenge this winter.
The West Coast town won’t have a full-time GP for the next three months, which has many locals concerned.
The town has relied upon locum GPs who come in temporarily, often from overseas, for years now as they’ve been unable to find a permanent doctor.
Health NZ’s West Coast general manager, Philip Wheble, says they couldn’t find a locum for this winter and even providing some cover was a challenge.
“We’ve got one GP that is coming across and providing face-to-face consults for one day a week and we also have a person that will be coming in and doing telehealth consults for two days a week, so we’ve got three days covered now in Reefton,” he said.
Wheble says the shortage of GPs isn’t isolated to Reefton.
“Certainly when you’re in a rural area, we feel the challenge of recruiting general practitioners more than perhaps in urban areas, and that’s been an issue for quite some time.”
Nurses in Reefton will continue to provide the likes of after hours care and patients are asked to get prescriptions ahead of time.
It comes amid a slew of illnesses this winter and an increasing number of Covid-19 cases.
Reefton resident Ashleigh Neil says even getting through to the medical centre at the moment is hard.
“It takes a long time to get through. The phone lines are often extremely busy because there’s many people in a day trying to get an appointment,” she said.
“If you can get an appointment, you are looking at usually a week to two weeks unless it’s urgent.”
Neil says many people in the town are used to not having a full-time doctor.
“It does make it extremely challenging and just demoralising and quite demeaning that we are fighting for what should be a simple human right as access to health care.”
Lisa Neil, who is the chairwoman of community group Reefton Who Cares, says a permanent GP based in the town would be able to help with long-term issues.
“There’s no relationship being built. They pick up on things like domestic violence or addiction or whatever it might be but there’s none of that trust,” she said.
Buller District councillor John Bogen says the lack of doctor in the town is disappointing as he appealed for help.
“To any doctor out there who is watching this, what do you want? We’ll give you a house. We’ll give you the best fishing in the country. We’ll give you the best mountain bike tracks in the world,” he said.
“Come on down. We’ll look after you.”
Task #3 – Discussion
- Are you concerned about the health situation in your country? Why? Why not?
- Does your country rely on doctors from overseas like New Zealand does?
- What other shortages are normally on the news in your country?
Molezinha, né? Um textinho curto sobre problemas locais com vocabulário do dia-a-dia. Bom pra aprender inglês de graça e pra ver que no mundo todo as pessoas passam pelos mesmos tipos de batalhas!
Hoje em dia a gente não precisa mais ir até o outro lado do mundo pra saber o que está acontecendo por lá. Saber inglês nos ajuda a ler e assistir notícias do mundo todo e nos faz compreender melhor o mundo. Que tal usar esse poder pra se tornar uma pessoa mais informada e opinar sobre assuntos interessantes como esse de hoje?
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